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The Gambian Supreme Court will not be able to hear a petition before May from President Yahya Jammeh, who's refusing to accept defeat in December's election and wants the poll to be rerun, reports say. The Nigerian judge, Onogeme Uduma, who was to act as president of the court is...
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior advisor, prompting a group of Democratic lawmakers to ask the Justice Department and ethics officials to examine potential violations of anti-nepotism laws and conflicts of interest. A lawyer for Kushner said he plans to divest himself of...
A local worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was shot dead in the northern Mali town of Gao late on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the aid organization and local residents said. "We are trying to confirm the details, but we can confirm the worker was killed,"...
The Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chief has gone into hiding, his family has told the BBC. There are unconfirmed reports that Alieu Momar Njai, who announced Yahya Jammeh's defeat in the polls last month, has fled the country. President Jammeh initially accepted defeat, but then changed his mind and is...
A young woman has been caught trying to smuggle a teenage African migrant hidden in her suitcase into Spanish territory. Authorities stopped the 22-year-old woman last week at a border crossing into Ceuta, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, from neighboring Morocco. A 19-year-old migrant from Gabon was found...
More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees. The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities. Others were providers offering distance learning courses but were not valid UK degree awarding bodies. An agency set...
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has named his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as counselor to the president, his transition team said in a statement. Conway, 49, currently a senior adviser on Trump's transition team, is widely credited with helping him bring a more disciplined approach to campaigning that helped him...
Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says. Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season. He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and...
Hundreds of Kenyan girls are preparing to spend Christmas in schools, rather than with their families, fearing that their parents will force them to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Schools that should have closed more than a month ago for the holidays are staying open for the girls, while others...
An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 29 people, officials say. Dozens of other people were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market, about 20 miles (32km) outside the city. Video from the scene showed a large number of fireworks rocketing into...